Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Initial accounts of Representative Cynthia McKinney's run-in with a Capitol police officer accused her of hitting him with her cell phone, but according to the official police report, the Georgia Democrat "struck [the officer] in his chest with a closed fist."
According to that report, officer Paul McKenna was physically assaulted at 8:55 a.m. "while performing his official duties in full uniform." The report does not mention McKinney by name — describing the assailant only as a 5'8", 165 pound black female.
McKinney allegedly struck the officer after he tried to stop her from bypassing a metal detector at a congressional office building last month. She was not wearing the pin identifying her as a member of Congress. A grand jury is still considering whether McKinney will face criminal charges.
Internet giant Yahoo may have helped the Chinese government arrest a pro-democracy journalist now spending four years in jail for subversion — the third such case in which the U.S. Internet company helped China imprison a suspected dissident.
Reporters Without Borders says a copy of the verdict against Jiang Lijun shows that Yahoo gave police confirmation that an e-mail account used to spread anti-communist literature was used by Lijun. Yahoo has also been accused of providing electronic records that led to an eight-year prison term for another activist in 2003, and a 10-year term for a man accused of leaking state secrets. The company has insisted it is merely abiding by local laws.
Pakistan's supreme court has charged the country's telecommunications chief with blasphemy accusing him of criminal negligence for failing to block out Web sites displaying the Danish cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
The chief justice also ordered criminal charges against the cartoonists themselves, along with publishers who ran the drawings, saying, "It is our religious duty to express sentiments against the blasphemous publication... at the very least to dissuade anyone blaspheming in the future." If found guilty under the state's harsh blasphemy laws, the defendants would be sentenced to death.
Officials at Northern Kentucky University near Cincinnati have removed professor Sally Jacobsen from all of her classes after she urged her students to express their right to free speech by vandalizing an anti-abortion display.
Jacobsen's students ripped apart a field of crosses on the Highland Heights campus by a student Right to Life group and a photograph shows Jacobsen taking part in the act. In an e-mail to her students, Jacobsen apologized for involving them in the scandal and writes, "I deeply regret my impulsive action in dismantling that display."
Meanwhile, police officers tell the school newspaper that charges against the professor are imminent, saying there is "overwhelming" evidence to establish probable cause.
— FOX News' Aaron Bruns contributed to this report.
With more than 35 years of journalism experience to draw from, Brit Hume currently serves as a senior political analyst for FOX News Channel (FNC) and contributes to all major political coverage. Hume also is regular panelist on FOX's weekly public affairs program, "FOX News Sunday" on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Click here for more information on Brit Hume.